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Setting out to dispel the argument that case study research lacks the science, theory, and therefore validity of other forms of research, Evert Gummesson combines many decades of experience as both a renowned scholar and a reflective practitioner to effectively bridge the divide between case theory and how it is applied in practice. Bringing the fundamental strengths of cases to the fore, Gummesson introduces the “Case Theory” concept as an expanded version of case study research which includes both methodology and the types of results that emerge by: • Guiding the reader in the theoretical and philosophical underpinning • Demonstrating how to translate theory to pertinent research practice that address the real and consequential issues in business and management today. Case Theory in Business and Management appeals to students, academics, and researchers who are interested in the science and philosophy behind case study research, as well as the methodology and a thought-provoking read for anyone who wants to be challenged about their belief of case study theory.

Theory Generation – and Testing
Theory Generation – and Testing

A major task for research is to generate better theory, all the way from substantive theory to mid-range theory and general, abstract theory – grand theory – and then to offer actionable simplifications. This is also a way to test theory, not by finding shortcomings in extant theory but by offering better theory.

Whenever there is a problem with a company or a government agency, they say things like ‘We will change our routines’, ‘We have to establish stricter laws and regulations’, or ‘We will appoint a committee and start an investigation’. It is more sorcery than a promise to act. We need to know when it will be implemented, if it will lead to improvements ...

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